muscle mass

  1. Muscle-feeding fat the secret to longer life

    Give me beef or give me death

    What is it about turning 65 that makes folks think you're not interested in food anymore? The waitress at your favorite diner hands you the senior menu with smaller portions... friends start inviting you to brunch, as if breakfast and lunch are no longer two separate meals... and your doctor starts complaining about your weight like you're a jockey preparing for a big race!

    Stop the insanity! Socrates said the unexamined life isn't worth living, but I can assure you that life without good food isn't worth living either.

    And if you've been starving yourself, eating like a bird trying to add a couple of years onto your life, I have the best prescription you've received in a while.

    Fire up the grill and throw on some T-bones! Because a new UCLA study says it's time to stop obsessing about your weight and start focusing on giving your muscles the nutrients they need.

    Researchers followed 3,600 seniors for six years and found that those who maintained the highest levels of muscle mass were less likely to end up croaking like a love-sick toad. In fact, your muscle mass index was FAR more important than your body mass index in determining whether you lived or died.

    That makes sense, because your muscles keep you active and give you the stability you need to prevent dangerous falls. And what your muscles need more than anything as you age is a healthy, daily dose of protein from your favorite meats.

    So, starting today, deep six the dry toast and write off those rice cakes forever. Tomorrow when you walk into that diner, order the three-egg omelet with a side of bacon -- and tell the waitress that from now on, you'll be ordering off the big kid's menu.

  2. Why you're losing muscle right now

    Low testosterone causes muscle to wither

    Gents, I've been warning you for years now that the risks of low testosterone go far beyond a gun with no ammo -- and one new study after another is backing me up.

    The latest: Researchers have confirmed that seniors missing out on this critical hormone lose their muscle even faster than they lose their sex drive.

    The study of 1,200 seniors found that men with the lowest levels had stick-figure arms and legs that were practically useless and no strength left in their grip.

    Wave goodbye to that firm handshake... assuming you can still raise your arm.

    These seniors even had trouble with the simplest of all activities, like standing up from a chair. I can't think of anything feebler than that, but believe it or not this gets even worse: Men with missing muscle mass are more likely to suffer from potentially crippling falls.

    Now, I'm not saying you need bulging muscles like Popeye, especially in your senior years. But if you're starting to look more like Olive Oyl, you stand to lose a lot more than your manly strength -- because new research confirms yet another of my long-held beliefs: Testosterone is critical to cardiovascular health.

    As I told you last month, men who suffer from low testosterone are a third more likely to suffer a heart attack and up to 50 percent more likely to experience a stroke.

    Don't assume you're safe if you haven't had problems with your heart, muscles or erections yet -- because the loss of testosterone is so gradual most men don't even notice it.

    Not at first anyway.

    Then, one day, nothing seems to work right anymore -- and your butt is glued to your chair.

    Don't wait for that to happen. Use whatever strength you have left to get out of that chair and off to the doctor, even if you need someone to carry you there.

    Have him check your testosterone levels and top you off, and watch those muscles start to come back -- along with your energy, vitality and a little something-something "down there."

    Younger men, you're up next. Keep reading for the latest threat to your manhood.

  3. Why you need LDL cholesterol

    For years, you've been told your body has an enemy -- and its name is LDL cholesterol. Now, a new study confirms what I've told you all along: LDL cholesterol isn't the bad guy after all.
  4. Sexy at 60…and 70…and 80

    When researchers studied the health records of 2,205 over a period of 35 years, they found a direct relationship between the level of activity and the number of fractures (higher activity equaled fewer fractures).

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